Independent Agency for Volga Ecological Information is a noncommercial organization that disseminates ecological knowledge and ideas both inside Russia and outside its borders. Information in the AVE-Info Bulletin is directed at newspapers and journals seeking information about ecological issues in Russia. Material found in the bulletin may be used without payment; however, the agency requests that they be given authorship or source credit. Dozens of bulletins in different regions regularly publish their information.
The most recent issue of the AVE-Info Bulletin contained about 45 short news stories, ranging from half a page to a full page in length. Articles are divided into categories and are listed by title in a table of contents at the beginning of the publication. Categories listed in the latest issue include: water resources, alternative technology, radiation issues, eco-politics, and public health. The articles contained in the bulletin should be categorized as "semi-technical"--while they do contain some scientific data, their emphasis is more on political or social issues than pure science. The stories in this bulletin ranged from those of purely local interest ("Anthrax Outbreak in Ul'yanovskoe Selo") to articles with an international or more general focus ("Solar Powered Schools in Crete," "Are We Suffocating from the World's Garbage?"), with an emphasis on radical actions and groups.
Issues are currently being archived in Russian on their Web site listed above.
Last updated: November 1997
A print version of much of the information contained in this NIS Third Sector Organizations section can be found in the The Post-Soviet Handbook (Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1999).